[digiKam-users] Problem with batch rename

Stuart T Rogers stuart at stella-maris.org.uk
Mon Jul 1 08:43:49 BST 2019

OK so just tested again and attempted to both rename and remove metadata 
(just xmp video metadata selected) from 24 photos and output to a 
separate album. The rename was 
Prom-[meta:Exif.Image.DateTimeOriginal].[ext]. The photos were all added 
to the new album but the rename just called the Prom-.JPG which ends up 
with one file called that and all the others called Prom-_v1.jpg through 
to Prom-_v23.jpg.

So I think the rename function is buggy.

Can anyone explain how I can achieve my aim please in digikam. I know 
there are tools under windows but I'm a Linux user and want a batch 
program to do this.


On 30/06/2019 19:48, Stuart T Rogers wrote:
> Yes I had already selected the 24 photos I needed to rename and copied 
> them to a separate album, all I needed was to rename then using data 
> from the exif of each and did not need new copies to be done. Now I can 
> see why perhaps the current way is default but I need an option to just 
> rename photos in an album without creating new ones. I do this a lot and 
> really want to be able to use digikam for my workflow but currently it 
> does not do what I need. I'm not sure that it even works correctly as 
> you suggest so will do some more testing.
> Stuart
> On 30/06/2019 12:44, Maik Qualmann wrote:
>> I guess you use the BQM to rename? To rename, use F2 (right-click menu->
>> rename). Although the BQM includes a rename function, the BQM always 
>> has to
>> create a new target file. It is used to assign edited images a new name.
>> Maik
>> Am Sonntag, 30. Juni 2019, 12:54:45 CEST schrieb Stuart T Rogers:
>>> Maybe me but I have been unable to get batch rename to work on multiple
>>> files. A single file rename works OK as long as I also set another
>>> option like remove metadata and run it. However doing the same with 95
>>> file selected the rename happens BUT and its a BIG BUT the file is not
>>> renamed according to my template which uses the exif original date field
>>> and yes the field exists in every image the template ends up with just
>>> the initial text and digikam adds an ID as the file names all end up the
>>> same.
>>> Also why am I unable to do just a batch rename without a dummy item like
>>> remove metadata added?
>>> Are these know issues? I am using 6.1 on openSUSE Tumbleweed.
>>> Stuart

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